Beaudesert & Henley Neighbourhood Development Plan
A dedicated group of residents, business folk, and council members spent over seven years of their spare time authoring the Neighbourhood Development Plan, reaching Regulation 14 status, late last year.
Many of you may have downloaded a copy and looked at the plans for the town set out under a raft of categories, ranging from planning control to residents’ aspirations for the future. It was truly a charter constructed by the community for the community but, only a month ago, the JPC learned that this publication may have been placed in jeopardy by an overreaching consultation in the process by Stratford District Council, which seeks to apportion land [potentially impacting on green belt land] for development of housing to meet the enormous shortfall existing in the area.
I would stress that this is a consultation process at the moment but, come autumn 2023, a list of preferred sites will be chosen for further and more detailed consideration. Please refer to the appended pdf file, “SWLP Presentation – September 2022”, for more information. Henley [given the freedom to build on green belt land] is at the top of the preferred settlements for development.
The land selected by the SDC is based on a number of offers from local landowners and trusts, all prepared to offer up their plots for development, some acting in a philanthropic manner, others for profit.
Nevertheless, this move towards expansion of building land whether it be infrastructure or pure housing negates the majority of aspirations outlined in the Henley NDP.
It has now become necessary for the community to re-assign their aspirations, taking the SDC consultation fully into account.
The JPC is therefore seeking professional advice in the matter of the production of a new NDP and/or Community Charter and news of this initiative will unfold in the coming weeks and months. Please continue to visit this site.